Panama Canal: Ship on the Atlantic Ocean side of the canal / ship coming through the channel / the first (lower) lock seen from the Atlantic side / gates open / views of the canal, train system for hauling ships through / Gatun Bay on the western side / ship completed journey in 10 hours / steam shovels constantly working.
Views of the finished Panama Canal
Panoramic views of the Canal
One of the 16-inch guns raising into position, with a range of 21 miles, firing a 2,400 lb. armor-piercing shell
Crew uncranks old shell, swabs out barrel
Title: “The Canal is now open and on equal terms to all nations”
Title: “The Atlantic side”
LS 2-stack passenger steamship moving by camera
Title: “Going through channel”
Views of shore seen from canal
Pan over ship seen from bridge
Title: “The lower lock from the Atlantic level”
Pan over lower lock
Title: “When a boat is raised to the level of the water in the lock ahead, the gates are opened”
Title: “Vessels are lifted or lowered at the rate of 3 ft. a minute”
VS locks being moved
Title: “Ships raised 85 ft. sail out of the lock into Gatun Lake”
Pan around Gatun Lake showing jungle-like shoreline
Title: “Gatun Lake, 85 ft. above sea level extends 31 miles from Pedro Miguel Locks through Culebra Cut to …”
Title: “Time estimated for a ship to go through the entire canal is 10 hours”
GS various shots of ships in canal
LS steam shovel dredging mud from canal
Views of spanking new lock (pans)
Pan of large passenger steamship on water
14:52:28:19 Old-fashioned silent movie title card reads “Exercising the 16 in. disappearing guns The Defenders of the Panama Canal.” CU mend loading large gun. Title card “The 16 in. gun has a range of 21 miles. the armor piercing shell weighs 2400 lbs.” CU gun fires; title card “The Canal is now open and on equal terms to all nations.” VS steamboats passing through the panama canal.
14:53:32:01 Large steamer crosses Panama Canal from Atlantic Ocean side.
14:54:06:22 Title card and footage of “The lower lock from the Atlantic level”
December 13, 2013 Subject:
US 1! Everyone else.. 0!
Another doc about the Panama Canal turns out to be not so bad as it's quite informative about the construction. There's a bit of racist commentary (White Power rules!) and some us Rah rah.. but get past that..